More than a century ago, music began pouring into Memphis, Tennessee. Musicians of all races and backgrounds came together and, for the love of music, created a sound that changed the cultural complexion of the world forever. America’s music exploded out of Memphis. Today, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame honors many of the greatest musicians of all time, who created this city’s musical legacy, and who shook our planet to the core!
Annual inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame are selected by a prestigious Nominating Committee composed of nationally recognized authors, producers, historians and leaders in the music industry. The number of annual inductees, both performing and non-performing, may vary.
Each year, the Committee’s deliberations consider musical performers, producers, engineers & studio or recording industry professionals, writers, promoters, and radio professionals. They consider the group or individual’s relationship with Memphis, Tennessee, including extent of recording projects, musical impact within Memphis, city residency, and exceptional involvement within and/or influences drawn from the Memphis music industry.
Each year, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honors that year’s inductees through musical performances, spoken word, and live and video tributes by many of today’s biggest musical names who have been influenced by Memphis’ musical greats. Many inductees also perform.
Each inductee is also presented with the official Memphis Music Hall of Fame statuette, individually hand-crafted by the Tennessee Pewter Company of West Tennessee. The statuette features the logo’s iconic hand and vintage microphone mounted atop a base of West Tennessee hardwood and individually inscribed for each inductee.